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Jamaica’s Economy Set To Shrink

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that the economy contracted by an estimated 1.7 per cent for the January to March 2020 quarter, relative to the corresponding period last year. The Institute says that the March 2020 quarter out-turn largely reflected implementation of measures to manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which commenced in mid-March; and lower capacity utilization […]

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Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise

Although Jamaica’s recovery numbers of COVID-19 cases climbed to 279, the number of people tested positive for the disease continues to rise. In the government’s latest update, five new cases have brought the total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica to 569. The five new confirmed cases include four females and one male, whose ages range from 32-46 years and […]

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Jamaican Gets Overseas Supreme Court Appointment

A Jamaican has been appointed a judge in Florida’s Supreme Court. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Renatha Francis, who is currently a judge for the Florida 15th Circuit Court. The governor said Ms. Francis is the first person from the Caribbean to be appointed to Florida’s Supreme Court. Francis received a Bachelor of Science from the University […]

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Jamaican Flag Gets Hi-Five Globally!

And the winner is…The Jamaican Flag! The Jamaican Flag got its mojo. It was the winner of the World Cup of Flags 2020 event, staged on twitter recently. The 64 elimination rounds and voting over a six weeks-period would see the Jamaican Flag rising to the top of 192 flags around the world. What began as a game on Twitter […]

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Jamaica Set To Benefit From UK’s Contribution

Jamaica is among eight Caribbean countries which will benefit from a US$3.8 million contribution from the British Government to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease and mitigate its impact. The other countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The contribution will come through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). […]

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Minister — Internet Access A Right To Every Citizen

Fayval Williams, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology says the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought home forcefully the need to make access to the Internet a right to every citizen. “This right is fundamentally inseparable from the right to education and healthcare,” the Minister said while participating in an online webinar hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS), titled […]

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IMF: Jamaica Gets $520 Million To Cushion Economic Fallout

Recently, Dr. Manuela Goretti, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Mission Chief for Jamaica, said that the government would have access to a sum of US$520 million approved by the Fund’s Executive Board. The money is being disbursed under the IMF’s Rapid Financing Instrument. Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke, wrote to the IMF on April 15, requesting access to the […]

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Jamaica’s Tally Of COVID-19 Cases Rise To 550

As Jamaica ramped up testing, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 550. At the same time, recoveries hit the 200-mark resulting in a 36 percent recovery rate. Also, in the last 24 hours, another six confirmed cases of COVID-19, was reported. Five (5) of the six (6) new cases are from among the repatriated Jamaicans […]

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Dr. Freddie Hickling Dead At 75

Photo credit: Jamaica Observer Professor Emeritus Dr. Frederick “Freddie” Hickling, one of Jamaica’s noted psychiatrists is dead at 75. Dr. Hickling was a former head of the University of the West Indies (UWI Mona) Psychiatry Department and was also the executive director of the Caribbean Institute of Mental Health.  “Our family bids him farewell with our prayers and to the […]

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Jamaica Gets Delisted From U.S. Trade Watch List

Jamaica has been removed after decades of being on the United States Trade Representative watch list, according to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries. The ministry’s statement follows disclosure by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington during its annual meeting on the Special 301 Report, which identifies trading partners that do not adequately […]